New Court Tax Slammed by Criminal Lawyer

15:15 AEST Mon Sep 24 2012

A top criminal defence lawyer says there is a risk the Queensland government’s new offender levy will create the precedent of treating courts like an automatic teller machine.

Prominent Gold Coast lawyer Bill Potts says the $100 to $300 fee for people pleading guilty or found guilty on a range of offences, announced in the budget, is a pure revenue raising measure.

“The real fear is now they have started there’s a risk the state will increase the offender levy or create new fees every time they want to generate some cash,” he said in a statement. Continue reading New Court Tax Slammed by Criminal Lawyer